Thailand holidays often centre around cosmopolitan Bangkok, but Thailand's beautiful islands, like Phuket and Koh Samui, definitely merit some exploration as well. Holiday around northern Chiang Mai for trekking and rafting with Thailand's hill tribes. Culture vultures on holiday in Thailand will love the UNESCO-listed ancient capital, Ayutthaya. Plenty of spicy local cuisine tops the holiday off a treat.
Holidays usually begin in Bangkok in Thailand's centre, close to Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi's notorious Bridge over the River Kwai. Travel north for rugged mountains in the Golden Triangle around Chiang Mai. Book flights from Bangkok to Phuket and Koh Samui for beach holidays on stunning islands around the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Coast.
Wats (temples) litter Thailand and you must see iridescent Wat Arun in Bangkok across the Chao Phraya River from the stunning Grand Palace. Journey to Thailand's north for Chiang Mai's fortified city walls. Thailand's UNESCO-listed ancient capitals, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, provide a historical slant to many Thai holidays.
Island-hop and dive to fully experience Thailand's southern beauty in the Gulf of Thailand or the more secluded Andaman Coast. Go to the mountainous Golden Triangle of Thailand for a holiday of caves and hot springs. Trek with friendly hill tribes and see elephants before following Kanchanaburi's rickety Death Railway to Nam Tok's waterfalls and Hellfire Pass.